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Sunderland fans only concerned by the league and want to focus on promotion

Sunderland’s defeat to Leicester U21s in the Leasing.com trophy has been met with a split reaction by fans.

Some are disappointed with yet another underwhelming performance and result to match, but others think it is a good thing, as defeat to Scunthorpe next week will see them exit the competition.

If that happens, they will only have the league and FA Cup to focus on, and that could enhance their chances of reaching their ultimate goal this season – promotion back to the Championship.

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The squad isn’t lacking players to rotate and keep things fresh – with 24 part of the first-team – but it is possible that last year’s participation in the FA Trophy, which saw them finish as runners-up, may have increased the fatigue of their players.

After all, a return of five points from their last five league games last season was a big factor in missing out on automatic promotion, and without such a distraction this time around fans hope it will increase their chances of being consistent until the end.

That is what is required for promotion, and since some fans only care about returning to the Championship, and eventually the Premier League, they have urged the club to concentrate solely on League One this year.

Does the added investment mean Sunderland are favourites for promotion?

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Here are some of the reactions from fans who hold that belief.

Article title: Sunderland fans only concerned by the league and want to focus on promotion

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